Nancy ADAMS
Nancy ADAMS

Obituary of Nancy ADAMS

Nancy, who brought so much light and joy into our lives, has left us after a short and courageous battle with cancer. Her beautiful smile, engaging and infectious laughter and rich, unique voice captured the attention of any room that she walked into and caused people to naturally gravitate to her. Within minutes of meeting her, friends and strangers would be laughing along with her and minutes later the strangers would also be her friends. She was social, charming, engaging and had a sharp intellect and an even sharper wit. She was well read and well informed and could talk on subjects from politics, to fashion, to home décor, to fine foods and wine, to travelling to exotic destinations, to the latest trends in the stock markets. She was not a shrinking violet and if you didn’t agree with her opinion on a particular topic or how to handle a certain situation you had better be prepared to defend your position or face an argument that you couldn’t win.

Nancy is survived by her loving husband Allan, her mother-in-law Olive, her brother- in law Robert (Tibbie) her sister- in- law Julia (Paul), her nephews James ( Courtney), David, Michael ( Bal), and her niece Erin( Geordie) along with all her friends who she touched so deeply over the years. She had a special place in her heart for cousin Arden (Dan) and her best friend of 50 years Nancy Frederick. We all miss her greatly.

Nancy was born in Ladysmith and raised in Ladysmith and Victoria. She spent many years in Vancouver primarily working for TD Canada Trust. She was well known, liked and respected by her clients and many of the people who worked and lived in the 12th and Granville area of Vancouver as well as her coworkers who she worked with throughout the Lower Mainland and the Greater Victoria area.

Nancy and Allan moved to Brentwood Bay 14 years ago and after working for the bank for a couple of years (Broadmead Branch) she “retired” and she and Allan opened a Bed & Breakfast in their beautiful new home overlooking Brentwood Bay. The business quickly became a success and the B&B had nothing but five star ratings on Trip Advisor mainly due to Nancy’s fabulous cooking skills and her larger than life personality. Like anything she tackled in life she put her heart and soul into the business. She kept the house and guest rooms immaculate and still found time to develop and landscape a beautiful garden.

While running the business and working in her garden she still found time to help out her family and did so above and beyond the norm. When her mother was no longer able to look after herself she would spend days cooking meals for her and then running them up to Ladysmith where her mother lived. She spent numerous days arranging live in care for her mother so that her mother would be able to continue to live in her own home. Similarly with her mother-in- law, whom she loved as a mother, Nancy invited her into our home three to four times a week for dinner and encouraged Allan to have many breakfasts and lunches with her and spend extra time with her so that” Mama O”, as Nancy called her, would also be able to continue to live in her own house.

Nancy did everything with high energy and passion, as she believed that everything had to be done the right way. That meant that when she had dinner parties the good silver and the good plates came out, she dressed to the “nines” and took extra time to make sure that she looked good. She felt that the best way to show that you cared for and respected your friends was to go all out for them. She was classy and elegant but at the same time was not afraid to let her hair down and do some “crazy” things if the situation called for it. Her love of Elvis music was well known by all her friends and family and whenever or wherever she heard an Elvis song she had an uncontrollable urge to get up and dance dragging her reluctant husband along for the ride. When our “elegant lady” caught her first 20 lb salmon we told her that the person who caught the salmon was responsible for knocking the fish out. Those of us on board the boat that day will never forget seeing Nancy swinging the fish club while yelling to the fish “Join the Club!” On another occasion, at a winter cocktail party, Nancy let everybody know that she was collecting for the Heart & Stroke Foundation. One “gentleman” said that if she agreed to jump in the ocean on New Years Day he would make sure that she received a lot of donations. Nancy quickly agreed to this proposal but after a few more drinks went down that evening a new proposal was made that if she jumped in the ocean naked everybody would double their donation. The long and the short of is that our elegant Nancy doffed her duds and raised over $2,000.00 for the Heart & Stroke that cold and snowy New Year’s Day.

Nancy loved to travel and over the last twenty years she and Allan were lucky enough to travel to Mexico and Italy on numerous occasions, spend a month on a self- guided road trip through Costa Rica and embark on several cruises to diverse places such as New York, Barcelona, the Amazon River, Easter Island, the Panama Canal and French Polynesia. She was not just into the comfortable trips as we also spent many a holiday in confined quarters sailing in the various bays and inlets of the B.C coast with various family members. Just this past January Nancy swam with the penguins and sea lions during a sailing trip through the Galapagos Islands.

Nancy loved animals of all types but especially dogs and cats. She always had a cat and every one of them was pampered and spoiled. When Nancy and Allan were out for walks anywhere in the world, if Nancy saw a dog or cat she had to go up and at least pat it and preferably find a treat for it. Of course a normal half hour walk would quickly turn into at least an hour walk so Nancy and Allan were always late in meeting up with people but everybody knew “that was Nancy”

If Nancy had one “weakness” it was an addiction to shopping. She loved to shop and wear fine clothes (the brighter the colour the better) She always said that Talbots was “her happy place” Nancy spent her last week on the palliative care ward of the hospital but even that didn’t stop her urge to shop. She asked Allan for a telephone a couple of days before she passed away and immediately phoned Talbots ( she knew the number of course) and ordered two outfits due to the fact that she had lost weight recently and needed new outfits that would fit properly. With her usual positive outlook she told the clerk that she would be there to pick them up in a few days.

Nancy was taken far too early from us but we all take solace in the fact that she lived life to the fullest and had no regrets.

There will be no service at Nancy’s request but there will be a celebration of her life in the Spring when the sun is shining and the flowers are blooming

If desired, donations in Nancy’s name can be made to The Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation and/or the SPCA.